A Flood Watch and a Winter Storm Watch are out for the entire region late Tuesday through early Thursday. Heavy rain develops Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and may put down 1”-3” in some areas. Arctic air pushes in from west to east on Wednesday with heavy sleet and snow taking over. That setup could produce several inches of accumulation. Snow will slowly end from west to east Thursday as bitterly cold air continues to push in.
Now this is the way you want to finish off a long work week! Winds will be gusty today at 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph. These will be out of the south, which will pump some much warmer temperatures our way today. Temperatures will sky rocket to the 60s today under mostly sunny skies.
The weekend will be split. Saturday will be great with highs settling around the 60° mark. That's perfect weather for St. Patrick's Day parades and festivities. Sunday will be a totally different story. Cold air filters in, which will collide with some moisture streaming in from the south. This will be a mostly rain event with snow showers mixed in through the day, especially for north of I-64. Go into the night and into St. Patrick's Day morning that's when snow showers pick up. The snow should move out before noon leaving us with a calm afternoon and evening for a plans. Snowfall accumulations are possible with higher amounts in the north.
Meteorologist Micah Harris